As I look around the different threads on CAF I am dismayed and stunned a the fact that threads dealing with the holocaust, liturgy, OF vs. EF, scandals and controversy get hundreds of posts. Threads on abortion are luck if they reach 100 posts. There is currently a thread on the Manhattan Declaration that may have 30 posts, if lucky.
The concern that I raise for the attention of my brothers and sisters on CAF, which I hope that you will take with you into your homes and communities, is that the interest of too many Catholics and the priorities seem to be misplaced. With all due respect to the people who want to discuss the merits of Latin in the mass and Gregorian chant, It is very difficult to understand how a person who sails past a topic on abortion and on to a discussion on Latin in the Liturgy can assume that God is honored.
I rarely rant on these threads. But the Gospel of Life is the one commitment that I have made for my entire life. As a Franciscan Brother of Life, it is my vocation to remind people that there is no higher moral concern in the world than the sacredness of life. God is not pleased with the most beautiful liturgy, nor is his glory honored, if we do not engage the world’s attack on the life that he created and that he gifted to his only begotten son.
The same Lord Jesus Christ, who gives up his life at Calvary, on every altar around the world, is the one whose existence is threatened by abortion, embryonic stem-cell research and euthanasia. Christ, the son of the living God became man to elevate human nature to the dignity of sonship. We cannot turn our backs on the dignity of man now. We cannot tire of fighting for the dignity that God felt proper to assume for himself. We cannot sail past discussions and issues regarding human life and adore God as he gives up his human life on the cross at every mass in the world. What value does Christ’s life have, if human life and life issues can be ignored by Catholics for the sake of the more interesting and hot topics on the table today?
What kind of spiritual life are we living, if we do not stop every time the issue of life comes up? Comfort can only come from holding fast to the most fundamental moral truth of all, human life is sacred. The Eucharist demands that we who subscribe to and profess that Christ voluntarily gave up his life on the cross be attentive to all the issues that threaten man’s freedom to give his life as Jesus did. You cannot lay down your life, if others deny you the right to live it.
There are many interesting threads on CAF. But it would seem to me that the most interesting threads should be those that deal with life issues. Those threads should be bursting, then go on to the other stuff that interests us.
Let us pray that all of us will become more sensitive to the importance of life issues and are more willing to sacrifice our entertainment and our attention to other things, to attend to the life of the vulnerable.
Br. JR, OSF :)